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How to Park Closer to the Curb

by Kirsten O'Hara

Parallel parking makes many new drivers nervous. The tight space and prospect of hitting another car is quite nerve-wracking. Once you have mastered this concept, you then have to ensure that you are as close to the curb as possible. In most states, you need to be less than 12 inches from the curb when you park on a roadway. Parking as close as possible to the curb simply requires practice.

Step 1

Pull into the space you wish to park in, either by parallel parking or by simply pulling over if no other cars are present. Be sure to check your mirrors and use signals before stopping and parking.

Step 2

Look to see how far away from the curb you are. If you are too far, back up with your wheels turned toward the curb.

Step 3

Pull forward, straightening up as the car moves.

Repeat this process until you are an acceptable distance from the curb.

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